Defying China, Obama to meet Dalai Lama but only in the Map Room

Meeting the Dalai Lama in the Map room is like you or I meeting someone on the Front Porch.  Would Obama Meet the Pope in the Map room?  It is typical of this president to appease China and still act like he is showing respect to the religious community.  The President meets heads of state in the Oval office.  Not during so is considered a snub

US President Barack Obama will meet Saturday with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, defying warnings from China after calls built at home to welcome the monk, officials said.

The meeting was announced late Friday after a long silence from the Obama administration about whether the president would see the Dalai Lama, who was to leave Saturday after nearly two weeks in Washington leading a Buddhist rite.

“This meeting underscores the president’s strong support for the preservation of Tibet?s unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans,” a White House statement said.

“The president will highlight his enduring support for dialogue between the Dalai Lama’s representatives and the Chinese government to resolve differences,” it said.

In line with his meeting last year with the Dalai Lama, Obama will not permit reporters and will greet the spiritual leader inside the White House residence’s Map Room — not the Oval Office where he welcomes heads of state.

via AFP: Defying China, Obama to meet Dalai Lama.

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